2016 Mercedes Benz GLC 250d Review

2016 Mercedes Benz GLC 250d Road Test and Review.

Reviewing the recently released 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC 250d was one of those enjoyable tasks you would like to extend… maybe another week? Or at least a few days? It’s a luxury mid-size SUV that’s roomy, drives well and is as good to look at as well as a great drive.

Mercedes-Benz is brimming with good looking, great performing vehicles in nearly every class, and you see them everywhere, a real sales success story.

There was one major gap though for the aspirational brand, and an important one too; a mid-sized luxury SUV, to compete with the likes of the BMW X3, the Audi Q5, Porsche Macan, Range Rover Evoque, and the Lexus NX.

Behold the GLC range… It starts with the GLC 220d from around $64,500, the GLC 250 petrol model for $67,900, and to top it off, the GLC 250d as tested here, which is priced from around $69,900.

Accomplished and pleasing is how I would describe the GLC 250d.

Great looks, a well thought-out cabin with plenty of storage space, all the safety features you would expect, and that lovely dash with the stylish infotainment screen atop the centre console. Classy indeed.

Everything works well here, great leather seating, and ample room, even in the boot. Overall, comfort levels are excellent. The ride is so well sorted it’s easy to forget this is an SUV

So, no complaints from me about the steering and handling, and it’s quite lithe and lively whether on the daily commute or a longer run, the 2.1 litre diesel engine in the 250d gives you an enthusiastic 150kW and 500Nm!

My test was confined to on-road conditions, but I suspect most buyers won’t be taking their Mercedes Benz GLC off-road anyway.

It’s certainly good to live with for day-to-day chores, and no doubt could handle the rough and tumble of more rugged tracks.

Fuel consumption is reasonable too, the company claiming 5.7L/100km.

Summing it up; Mercedes-Benz might have been late to the luxury mid-size SUV party in Australia, but the wait was worth it.

The GLC range is sure to bring plenty of converts to the brand, and presents the quality and value to attract buyers of all ages with varying budgets.

NUTS and BOLTS - 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC 250d

Engine: 2.1 litre twin-turbo diesel producing 150kW and 500Nm

Transmission: Nine-speed automatic (only)

Safety: Five stars

Warranty: Three years

Origin: Germany

Price: GLC 250d from $69,900

For further information, please see Recalls and faults: Mercedes-Benz X253 GLC-Class.

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